We can present a real cause for optimism that we can realize the promise of Brown v. Board of Education in our lifetime: In the past few years we have started a pair of Hebrew-language charter schools in Harlem and Brooklyn that have quietly and quickly become two of the most integrated public elementary schools in the city.
We are the electric life force that traverses the universe. We are the magic we silently yearn for but don't dare to embrace fully, always... because we've been taught by the ancient, ongoing ping-pong of society and media to desire what they tell us... because we've been conditioned to be afraid to speak up and stand out.
Visit an Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie or Free People clothing store, and you're likely to think, "They know their market." Yet Urban Outfitters, which owns all three stores, has leaders who are so out of touch that for years they have refused to have a policy to even consider having women and minorities on its board of directors.